At Quattro's Italian Restaurant, the chefs accent their Northern Italian cuisine with more than 50 sauces. That includes the smoked-tomato sauce that tops the housemade gnocchi, the Grand Marnier sauce that glazes the duck breast, and the sherry lemon-butter sauce that glistens in the breaded nooks and crannies of the tilapia florentine. Italy isn't the only influence, though. Quattro's also has a tapas menu with clams, chorizo, and filet mignon and a long wine list with selections from South America and Neptune.
Christian and Antonio Setaro?s parents immigrated to the United States from Salerno, Italy, in the 1970s and opened Antonio?s Twin Oaks, an Italian eatery known for its homestyle cooking. Growing up around the kitchen, the brothers developed a liking for cooking that ultimately led to the opening of their own Italian eatery, The Original Antonio?s in Woodbridge. Later, they added locations in Beacon Falls and Ansonia.
At each restaurant, pasta headlines the menu. Shreds of romano cheese dust orders of homemade cheese ravioli, pappardelle with duck ragu, and rigatoni with plum tomatoes and italian sausage. Cheese also bubbles atop specialty pizzas and accentuates entrees built around shrimp, salmon, chicken, veal, or pork chops. The drink menu lists a bevy of dessert drinks, beer, martinis, and wine, nine of which are available by glass or cupped hands.
Passed from Andy Saldamarco to Tom DeLuca, Saldamarco?s Deli has been a fixture in the community for 33 years, and DeLuca carries on Andy's recipes as he serves up many of the same sandwiches and hot foods such as eggplant parm, chicken parm, meatballs, and sausage and peppers that have kept it a local staple. Saldamarco's was also voted #1 best Italian Deli in the 2013 Best of Shoreline Readers' Poll, #2 for best soups, and #3 for best salads. Freshness is a priority, as all salads are made fresh including tuna salad with Hellman's Mayo and the Deli grinds their own beef with no additives. Housemade roast beef adds tasty weight to soft sub rolls, and freshly cut steaks and pork roasts line the butcher's case alongside strands of housemade italian sausage that are great for grilling in the summer or exercising when a jump rope is unavailable.
In the kitchen of Nuzzo's Apizza, third-generation pizza maker Barry Nuzzo and his team of cooks prepare thin-crust New Haven-style pizzas and Sicilian-style pies layered with ricotta cheese. Patrons can choose from toppings such as bacon, clams, or red peppers roasted on-site, or opt for a specialty pie: the Eggplant Rollatine, for example, which combines eggplant, marinara, ham, ricotta, and Parmesan. The cooks also make gluten-free pizzas, pasta dishes, and submarine sandwiches.
Led by their mom, Cassandra, brothers Mergim, Burim, Durim, and Agim turned a cache of generations-old family recipes into 4 Brothers Pizza & Mediterranean Restaurant. With these unique culinary formulas, the tight-knit clan infuses classic Mediterranean and Peloponnesian flavors into their sprawling lineup of Italian and Greek dishes, which includes flaky spanakopita, linguine with clam sauce, and creamy penne with chicken and broccoli. Each of the brothers also boasts a favorite pizza that bears their name, agreeing that whoever’s pie is the most popular gets to claim the remote control forever times infinity.
Although Matteo's cooks draw from a menu filled with classic Italian and seafood dishes—such as chicken parmigiana, tilapia piccata, and linguini with clams—they aren’t afraid of breaking from culinary tradition and allowing patrons to design their own personalized pasta feasts. Willing guests don the proverbial chef’s hat and build from the bottom up, choosing a noodle base—such as angel hair or rigatoni—before selecting from a lineup of five sauces that range from classic alfredo to pink vodka.
The cooks adopt a similar collaborative approach in their pizza-making process, letting diners take the reins and choose their own toppings—such as broccoli, bacon, or eggplant—to create a wholly unique pie. Of course, they offer a prearranged mélange of specialty pizzas as well, including the margherita, shrimp and bacon, and Clams Casino.